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Suzanne - Breast Cancer Recurrence

Suzanne - Breast Cancer Recurrence

Suzanne chose proton therapy for a recurrence of her breast cancer. She recalls meeting with Dr. Fang: "'She said, 'Of course we can do this. Proton therapy will allow us to best minimize the amount of overlap with your prior radiation.' I was so, so happy to hear that."

Dawn - Lung Cancer

Dawn - Lung Cancer

Towards the end of 2017, Dawn – an HR expert who loves Zumba - felt like she was fighting a respiratory illness and went to see her nurse practitioner, Catherine Ramsey, at UW Medicine. Ramsey believed it to be a mild case of pneumonia but ordered a CT scan to confirm. The CT scan showed a small tumor on Dawn’s lung. Dawn was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma.

Bob - Prostate Cancer

Bob - Prostate Cancer

Bob has been a bowler all his life, and was even a bowling champion. So he was in good physical shape when he learned of his prostate cancer diagnosis at age 75. His urologist recommended he go with proton therapy for minimal side effects.

Randy - Prostate Cancer

Randy - Prostate Cancer

After a routine physical revealed that he had elevated PSA levels, Randy was shocked to discover he had prostate cancer. “That phone call from my urologist was tough!” says Randy. “My dad had prostate cancer at 75. My PSA had been trending up a bit, but I figured I had another 20 years before I had to deal with it. It is very concerning to hear that you have cancer!” Learn what steps Randy took next.

Caroline - Brain Cancer

Caroline - Brain Cancer

Read an inspiring story about a University of Washington master’s student and former brain cancer patient who is continuing to spread joy to those around her.